Home additions are a great way to add usable living space to your home, but many homeowners overlook the costs. Keeping your project on budget and making cautious decisions will help reduce overall costs of your project. Here are some tips to help you keep your home addition project under budget:
1. Doing the Prep-work On Your Own and Saving on Labor
When you are getting started on a remodeling project like a home addition, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Labor work like removing trees and digging footings are things you may be able to do on your own. You can also do things like demolition work and cleaning to save. Doing this work yourself can also be a great way to save time on your home addition project.
2. Reuse, Recycle and Reclaim to Save On the Cost of New Materials
If you are doing the demolition on your own, many of the materials that you remove can be reused. Clean up wood materials, windows and hardware to reuse it in the addition. In addition, you may also remove things like wire, old lead shower pans and copper pipes that can be recycled for a handsome cash reward. There are also suppliers that you can work with to get reclaimed building materials on bargain prices to reuse in your home addition.
3. Shop Around and Visit Auctions, Outlets and Overstocked Suppliers
Shopping around for the best prices is always a good idea to ensure you do not pay too much for materials. When shopping for materials for your home addition, check at outlets and auctions for deals on materials. You may also want to check with building suppliers for overstock materials that you can get discounts on.
4. Incorporate Energy Improvements That Pay with Grants and Tax Credits
Energy-efficient improvements pay off in several ways when doing a home addition. First, these improvements will help reduce utility bills. The energy-efficient improvements also have grants and tax credits that will give you money back on your investment. Check to see what type of energy programs are available where you live for things like replacement windows, green building certifications and energy-efficient designs.
These are some tips that will help you keep your remodeling project low-cost. If you need help with planning your project, contact a home addition remodeling contractor to help add the living space you need without going over budget.